You’re not alone if you don’t know about National Mustard Day, but the condiment gets its own holiday on August 5. You may love mustard on a hot dog or burger, but did you know it can help with dental problems? Mustard oil has been touted as a remedy for gum disease.
The loss of gum tissue will result in receding gums, exposing the teeth’s roots. The receding gums will allow the separation of the gingival margin from the tooth’s crown, creating pockets or gaps between the tooth and the gum lines. The gaps or pockets are good breeding grounds for disease-causing bacteria that may result in damage to the gum tissue or even infection. Gum recession often leads to inflammation of the gum line and gum disease. It is more prevalent among adults over the age of 40 than with younger people, but it could affect people from all age groups.
Gum disease can be classified as either gingivitis or periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that occurs around the teeth. It is a response to plaque that builds up on the surface of the tooth. If left untreated, gingivitis could lead to periodontitis.
Periodontitis, the more advanced stage of gum disease, is characterized by the destruction of the bone and tooth fibers. The condition usually results in the loosening and shifting of the teeth, affecting how you bite, eat, and speak. If left untreated, periodontitis could result in tooth loss.
If you suspect gum disease, you can start with some home remedies:
- Mustard oil – Mix mustard oil and one-fourth teaspoon of salt. Massage your gums twice each day using the mixture. Mustard oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can ease the inflammation of the gums and fight bacteria. The oil can also help improve blood circulation, which benefits gum tissues.
- Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Add a few drops to a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash at least twice a day. The tea tree oil will diminish bacteria in the gums.
- Sesame Oil – Use this oil as a mouthwash to destroy the bacteria in the gums. It also provides a protective coating to the teeth and gums that can help prevent gum recession.